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John and the Hole review – empty psychodrama wastes early promise

A 13-year-old boy decides to trap his family in a bunker in a visually striking yet frustratingly dead-ending film with a talented yet wasted cast

One of the most frustrating yet common subgenres of festival movie is the kind that is assembled with a high level of craftsmanship, a beautifully wrapped present urging us to see what’s inside. But once opened, you find out there is nothing there, a cruel gotcha that disappoints then aggravates, a problem facing the first-time director Pascual Sisto’s underwhelming psychodrama John and the Hole.

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